Tuesday, April 20, 2010

HC: No age tests on pregnant woman

Mumbai: The Bombay high court was told that doctors of J J Hospital have stated that age verification test cannot be conducted on a woman who is in an advanced stage of pregnancy.

The division bench of Justice D B Bhosale and Justice R V More were hearing a petition filed by 33-year-old Shankar Chand seeking custody of his wife  who was sent to a shelter by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for allegedly being a minor. Chand and his wife  eloped and married.

His wife ’s parents approached the CWC with her school leaving certificate, insisting that she was a minor. After an age verification test at the Police Hospital at Nagpada, it was certified on February 6, 2010, that women was 21 years old.

The judges wondered how could CWC conduct an ossification test to verify the age when under the Juvenile Justice Care and Protection of Children Act, 2000, it has to be carried out by a board.

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